Summer Produce Baking

July 27, 2021

I'm probably in the minority when I say that when the temperatures creep up and it's too hot to be outside, I turn on my oven to bake. (Maybe I see 90+ degree days at the equivalent of rainy/stormy days). 

Recently on these hot summer days in KC, I used beautiful fresh produce from my local farmers market for baked goodies. I'm a little bummed I missed the window for strawberry baking since strawberry season is in April and May here in KC, but there's always next year! 

Blueberry Muffins from Smitten Kitchen were my first muffins baked in probably over a decade. I was once a huge muffin fan, but after eating too many dry, sad muffins, I jumped ship. But then I came across the new Smitten Kitchen Youtube Channel and the video for these muffins and knew I had to bake them ASAP. They're perfectly domed, moist and bursting with blueberry goodness. 

Peach Spoon Cake from Jerrelle Guy was a recipe written for strawberries but I took the advice of some reviews that said it works well with other fruit. With a desire to bake with peaches, I decided to make this super easy recipe. The most labor intensive part was cutting up the peaches. I would only use 2 peaches since additional peaches will make the cake hard to bake through. Super simple to make and super delicious. Enjoy the accompanying video I made while baking this cake.

Caramelized Tomato Tarte Tatin from Melissa Clark felt like a shot in the dark while making this. The reviews on NYTimes Cooking kept saying that it can run too watery and make the pastry soggy. I didn't have the right size skillet, enough tomatoes but hoped it would all work out----and it did! No soggy bottoms here! Just a super savory, flavor-packed tarte tatin. If you like olives, make this. If you don't, try it without olives! 

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